Race & Racism Reading List

It is up to us as citizens in a democratic society to learn about the history of race and racism in America and around the world. In order to understand the systemic and institutionalized racism that oppresses us, as well as our neighbors, it is important for us to continue to learn and encourage each other to read, watch, and develop this understanding. The following is a list of materials available for all ages to participate in this learning together.

Adult Books 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (nonfiction)

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (nonfiction)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (nonfiction)

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob (nonfiction graphic novel)

Waking Up White by Debbie Irving (nonficition)

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald (nonfiction)

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (nonfiction)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction)

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi (nonfiction)

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward (nonfiction)

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo (nonfiction)

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (nonfiction)

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele (nonfiction)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (nonfiction)

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction)

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum (nonfiction)

Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde (nonfiction)

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson (nonfiction)

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis (nonfiction)

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming (nonfiction)

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks (nonfiction)

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones (nonfiction)

New People by Danzy Senna (fiction)

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (fiction)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (fiction)

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (poem)

The Known World by Edward P. Jones (fiction)

Counting Descent by Clint Smith (poetry)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (fiction)

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction)

Caucasia by Danzy Senna (fiction)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (fiction)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (fiction)

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (fiction)

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith (poetry)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (fiction)


Children's Books

Tween & Teen Books 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (fiction)

All American Boys by Brendan Kiely & Jason Reynolds (fiction)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (fiction)

Harbor Me by Jaqueline Woodson (fiction)

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell & Aurelia Durrand (nonfiction)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson (fiction)

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (fiction)

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi (fiction)

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott (poetry)

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon (fiction)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (fiction)

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (fiction)

March (Graphic Novel Trilogy) by John Lewis (nonfiction)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (YA Edition) by Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds (nonfiction)

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (fiction)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (fiction graphic novel)

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (YA Edition) by Trevor Noah (nonfiction autobiography)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (fiction graphic novel)

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (fiction)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (fiction)

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction graphic novel)

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall (nonfiction graphic novel)

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (fiction)

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (fiction)

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope by Patrice Caldwell (fiction)

Blended by Sharon M. Draper (fiction)

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée (fiction)

Lifting As We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (nonfiction)

Movies & Television 

I Am Not Your Negro (2017) (Rated PG-13) (nonfiction)

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) (Rated R)

The 13th (2016) (Not Rated) (nonfiction) (CLICK HERE to watch for free on YouTube)

Get Out (2017) (Rated R)

Sorry to Bother You (2018) (Rated R)

Ruby Bridges (1997) (Family Friendly)

Selma (2014) (Rated PG-13)

Just Mercy (2019) (Rated PG-13)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006) (Rated PG)

Remember the Titans (2000) (Rated PG)

Clemency (2019) (Rated R)

Zootopia (2016) (Rated PG)

BlacKkKlansman (2018) (Rated R)

The Hate U Give (2018) (Rated PG-13)

Green Book (2018) (Rated PG-13)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) (Rated R)

Fences (2016) (Rated PG-13)

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (Rated G)

Do the Right Thing (1989) (Rated R)

Moana (2016) (Rated PG)

Nella The Princess Knight (Rated G)

Loving (2016) (Rated PG-13)

Fruitville Station (2013) (Rated R)

Malcom X (1992) (Rated PG-13)

Hidden Figures (2016) (Rated PG)

42 (2013) (Rated PG-13)

The Joy Luck Club (1993) (Rated R)

Mississippi Masala (1991) (Rated R)

The Big Sick (2017) (Rated R)

Who's Streets? (2017) (Rated R) (nonfiction) 

Real Women Have Curves (2002) (Rated RG-13)

Gook (2017) (Not Rated)

Moonlight (2016) (Rated R)

Crime + Punishment (2018) (Not Rated) (nonfiction) (CLICK HERE to watch for free on YouTube)

Queen of Katwe (2016) (Rated PG)

Harriet (2019) (Rated PG-13)

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